Employment tribunal cases in the news – 06.07.2015 to 12.07.2015

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that made the news between 6 December and 12 December 2015

  1. RSA to appeal employment tribunal decision in favour of former Irish CEO – British insurer RSA RSA.L said on Monday it would appeal an Irish employment appeals tribunal decision in favour of former Irish chief executive Philip Smith. Smith won a 1.25 million euro (887 million pounds) compensation payment last month (Reuters)
  2. I was excluded by ‘frat club’ at German bank, says manager seeking £7m – A city hedge fund manager is seeking £7 million in compensation from a German bank, claiming its “frat club” culture made her feel excluded on the trading floor. Foreign exchange manager Jenus Fiouzi, 43, claims key decisions at Commerzbank AG were made during all-male drinking sessions to which she was not invited (The Evening Standard)
  3. Employment tribunal over compulsory retirement rules in favour of Devon and Cornwall Police – An Employment Tribunal has found that it was legal for Devon and Cornwall Police to consider compulsory retirement for officers as a result of austerity measures. In 2010 the police introduced a compulsory retirement measure –under Regulation A19 of the Police Pension Regulations 1987 — which meant any officer who has completed 30 years’ pensionable service would have to leave (The Torquay Herald Express)
  4. Diana charity chief set for payout after boss branded her ‘Looney Tunes’ and sent obscene e-mail about her – A director at one of Princess Diana’s favourite charities is set for a payout after she was branded “Looney Tunes” by a boss who also sent a work email referring to a sex act. AB won her religious and race bias claim against Turning Point, a drugs, alcohol and mental health charity, following the hearing at East London employment tribunal (The Evening Standard)
  5. BGC Sued by Broker Depicted as the Simpsons’ Apu in E-Mail – BGC Partners Inc was sued by a broker who said his manager sent racist e-mails including one depicting him as a Simpsons character, and favored white employees when allocating work on new products and clients (Bloomberg)
  6. Man United ‘peeping tom’ scandal: Sacked employee accuses club of ignoring ‘voyeurism and bullying’ – A sacked Manchester United employee has accused the club of ignoring his claims of sexual harassment, voyeurism and bullying, which he claims contributed to an unfair dismissal. Marcus King, from Salford, was a member of the kitchen staff at Old Trafford for more than five years, but now faces a four-day industrial tribunal on November 16 (Mancunian Matters)
  7. Chutney company sentenced over worker’s hand injury – A Merseyside based food company has been sentenced after a worker sustained injuries to his hand after clearing a sugar dispensing machine at a factory in Berkshire. The employee who wishes not be named suffered a broken and lacerated finger during the incident at English Provender Company Ltd’s site in Thatcham, Berkshire (HSE)
  8. Sainsbury’s faces equal pay battle with female shop floor workers – Sainsbury’s is facing legal action from four female shopfloor workers who claim they are paid less than men to do equally valuable jobs at the supermarket chain. The case, which will be the subject of a preliminary hearing at a Birmingham employment tribunal on Friday, comes as a similar legal action involving 6,000 female Asda employees remains to be settled (The Guardian)
  9. Why are 200 judges suing the UK government? – This is a story choking with irony. Judges are supposed to adjudicate on age, sex and race discrimination, right? Not claim it is happening to them. So, when nearly 200 of Her Majesty’s judges accuse the government of all three forms of discrimination, something is very definitely amiss (BBC)
  10. Lack of training caused life changing injuries – Essex tree specialist company, Oak View Tree Specialists Limited, has been fined after a skip loading dumper overturned severely injuring a worker. Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how the injured person, who was an employee at the company, was working at the rear of a house in Benfleet, Essex on 26 September 2014 when the incident occurred (HSE)